The Montessori School is a non-profit Montessori school committed to the healthy development of children from 14 months through 12 years (completion of 6th grade). Accredited by both The Association Montessori Internationale and The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, our School offers nationally and internationally acclaimed Montessori education to over 170 children and their families coming from many area towns. We have served families in the greater Fairfield County area since 1964.
Our School’s culture is devoted to helping each child grow toward independence by building confidence, competence, self-esteem and respect for others. More than an approach to education, Montessori becomes a way of life. Our program, both in philosophy and pedagogy, is based on the scientific research of Dr. Maria Montessori and on AMI Montessori training.
Montessori classrooms are designed in a multi-age mix which allows for both individual and social development. The classrooms are beautiful by design and are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving. Most lessons are given to small groups or individual children while others work independently. The School uses stories, Montessori materials, charts, timelines, objects of nature, treasures from the wealth of cultures around the world and sometimes conventional tools to teach the children. Guided by the teacher, Montessori students actively participate in planning their time and taking responsibility for their work.
Our relationship to the outdoors is an integral part of our educational approach, and is based on Dr. Montessori’s vision for the extended classroom and the respect and responsibility inherent in meaningful encounters with the land. Gardening, composting and other elements of care of the outdoors are introduced at the earliest stages of the program. At the elementary levels, the children’s experience with the outdoors grows through the added dimension of outdoor expeditions, such as camping trips, rites of passage and further afield adventures.
Our School’s Specialty program is a complement and support to the essential Montessori curriculum and approach. Lead by experts in their fields, our Specialists, like the Montessori classroom teachers, are committed to the highest tenets of Montessori and to the importance of learning as a lifetime habit of curiosity, observation and thought. We offer art, chorus, drama, physical education, and foreign language as well as intramural sports and After School Programs. Two Learning Specialists are on-site to support students with learning differences. Because we believe in sharing what we have with those in need, and encouraging children to learn to live responsibly in the world, outreach and community service are part of our way of life.